ME Division Executive Committee and Leadership 2016-2017

Division Chair

Kenneth Van Treuren, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

Baylor University

One Bear Place #97356

Waco, TX

(254) 710-6659

DPhil, Engineering Science, Univeristy of Oxford, UK, 1994.
M.S., Engineering Princeton University, NJ, 1978.
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO, 1977, Distinguished Graduate

Dr. Kenneth W. Van Treuren spent 21 years in the USAF reaching the status of Command Pilot and flying the KC-10A, various models of the KC-135, and an assortment of trainers.  While on active duty, Ken taught at the USAF Academy for eight years, teaching a variety of aeronautical related courses, specializing in gas turbine propulsion.  He has been on the mechanical engineering faculty at Baylor University since 1998 teaching thermo/fluids/heat transfer courses.  His research interests include gas turbine heat transfer, low pressure turbine flow separation, energy systems/cycle analysis, small-scale propeller design and renewable energy specializing in small-scale wind turbines.
Program Chair

Michael J. Benson, Ph.D., PE

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Building 752, Mahan Hall

West Point, NY

(845) 938-6214

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011
M.S., Stanford University, 2003
B.S.E.E., United States Military Academy

COL Mike Benson was commissioned from the United States Military Academy as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1994.  He has served in the United States, Bosnia, and Iraq.  He is an Academy Professor teaching at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Research Areass
Turbomachinery film cooling, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Fluid Mechanics.


David Mikesell, Ph.D., PE

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ohio Northern University

525 S. Main St.

Ada, OH 45810

(419) 772-2386

Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2008
M.S., Ohio State University, 2006
B.S.M.E., Ohio Northern University, 1997

David R. Mikesell is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University.  His research interests are in land vehicle dynamics, autonomous vehicles, and robotics.  He joined the faculty in 2007 after work in automotive engineering at Ohio State (MS 2006, PhD 2008), six years designing automated assembly machines and metal-cutting tools for Grob Systems, and four years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  He holds bachelor degrees in German (Duke 1990) and Mechanical Engineering (ONU 1997).


Matthew Gordon, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2390 York St., Clarence M., Knudson Hall, Room 200

Denver, CO 80208

(303) 871-3580


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992
M.S., Stanford University, 1987
B.S.M.E., Stanford University, 1986

Dr. Matt Gordon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. His research areas include numerical and experimental plasma physics, chemical and physical vapor deposition, electronic packaging, and bio-medical engineering. He has supervised to completion 26 MSME students and 5 PhD students. Publications include 1 book chapter, 31 journal publications, 44 refereed conference proceedings, 29 non-refereed publications, and 27 non-refereed presentations.


Nominating Committee Chair
Immediate Past Chair

Anca Sala
Center for Engineering and Computer Technology
Baker College
1050 W Bristol Rd.

Flint, MI 48507
(810) 766-4111

Awards Selection Committee Chair

Raghu Echempati
Kettering University
1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504

(810) 762-7835

ME News Editor

Thomas W. DeNucci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
20 Mohegan Ave.

New London, CT, 06320
(860) 444-8672

Ph.D., Delft University, NL, 2012
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2005
B.S.E.E., United States Coast Guard Academy, 1994

CDR Tom DeNucci from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994. He has served aboard the CGC HEALY as the damage control assistant and electrical officer. Following his time aboard HEALY, CDR DeNucci served as a port engineeri and maintenace corrdinators for USCG cutters in the Pacific Northwest. He is a tenured military professor teaching at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Research Areass
Ship Design, Design Process, Optimization


Michael Kessler, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Washington State University

PO Box 642920

Pullman, WA 99164

(509) 335 8654

Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2002
M.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1998
B.S., LeTourneau University, 1996

Dr. Michael Kessler is the director and professor at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State Univeristy. His research interests include polymer composites, bio-based polymers, multi-functional nano-composites and the thermal analysis of polymers.


Diane Peters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Kettering University
(515) 294-1050

Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2010
M.S., University of Illinoios, 2000
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1993

Dr. Diane Peters, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering has expertise in combined design and control of mechatronic systems. She was attracted to Kettering in particular because of the school’s strong connections with industry and the students’ enthusiasm and drive. She thinks that Kettering students are talented, mature, and a lot of fun to be around. She enjoys teaching them and advising the students in both A and B sections of the Society of Women Engineers

Research Areas
Mechatronics, Control Systems, Dynamic Systems


Charles Baukal, Ph.D.
Director John Zink
George Fox University
(503) 554-2786

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Drexel University
B.S., Drexel University

CHARLES E. BAUKAL, Jr., PhD, Ed.D., P.E., is the Director of the John Zink Institute which is part of John Zink Hamworthy Combustion in Tulsa, OK where he has been since 1998.  He has 35 years of experience in the field of industrial combustion in the metals, minerals, incineration, textiles, paper, chemicals, and petrochemicals industries.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer, is an inventor on eleven U.S. patents, and has authored/edited 13 books on industrial combustion along with over 150 other publications and presentations. He also has an MEd from the University of Oklahoma and an EdD from Oklahoma State University with a dissertation on CPD for engineers.  He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Combustion Institute. He serves on several boards for those organizations as well as for several others.  He has been an adjunct instructor for 30 years and currently teaches at the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University.h a passion.  Mike enjoys competitive volleyball, baseball, photography, hiking, and hanging out with his family. His wife, Luann, is an exercise physiologist and a student in the George Fox PsyD program. They are parents to two energetic boys.